5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


Parquet Courts/The Cowboy/Obnox

Fans of New York rock group Parquet Courts — it's pronounced "Parkay Quartz," for those out of the loop— won't have to wait too much longer for their next dose of post-punk goodness. In a recent interview with Vulture.com, frontman Andrew Savage revealed that the Brooklyn-based quartet is back in the studio to record its follow-up to 2016's Human Performance. In the meantime, Savage's first solo album, Thawing Dawn, which dropped last month, will likely tide listeners over. Although Savage's solo act is more subdued than distorted, those familiar with his lax crooning will find that it fits the album's slow and sweet style just as well as it does Parquet Courts' manic fuzz. (Jacob DeSmit), 9 p.m., $16 ADV, $18 DOS. Grog Shop.


Duo Decibel System

Last year’s release, Exit Stage Love, features a wide array of musical styles as this local indie rock act dabbles in punk, folk, ambient noise and "sequenced minimalism." The songs are about living in Texas and the subsequent breakup that Melvis endured before coming home. Now, the duo has just announced it will celebrate the release of its new album, Slow Wave, with this release party at Silver Scuro Studio and Gallery. “In dreams and nightmares, Slow Wave is an excursion,” reads the press release announcing the album’s release. “Creepy funk, black melodies, electromagnetic Latin, chilled bombs, modular hissing, dobro surf, elementary particle slides, big-banged trumpet, loved.....and not so loved.” The event will include a live performance, installation by artist Mark Jenks and a photography exhibit. There will even be drinks and appetizers. (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m. Silver Scuro Studio and Gallery.

Hippo Campus/Remo Drive

Entertainment Weekly once lauded Hippo Campus’ "shimmering pop-rock earworms,” which we’ve always like as a pretty good way of summing up their sound. Slick guitar melodies flit around tight, snappy percussion. This year, the band dropped a full-length (Landmark) and an EP (warm glow), each featuring the dazzling penchant for layered songwriting that they’ve shown us for a few years now. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

A Perfect Circle

Originally formed in 1999 by Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, the alternative rock act A Perfect Circle has finally begun work on a long-awaited studio album. After a six-year hiatus, the desire to record new music brought the band back together earlier this year. The group recently issued "Doomed," a heavy new tune that features pounding percussion and layers of vocals and plans to write more new songs while refreshing the old ones. Expect to hear it along with tracks from the band's back catalog at tonight's show, its first in town in more than 10 years. (Niesel) 8 p.m. Wolstein Center.


Jay-Z/Vic Mensa

Likely to be nominated and inducted into the Rock Hall in his first year of eligibility in 2020, rapper and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z continues to release albums that matter. His latest effort, 4:44, includes cameos from Frank Ocean, Damian Marley, Beyoncé and his mother, Gloria Carter. Songs such as the slow-mo “The Story of OJ” and “Smile” sound like urban fairytales as Jay-Z raps about a few of his personal trials and tribulations and makes references to the gentrification of his native Brooklyn. Arrive early to catch opener Vic Mensa, a guy who also chronicles his hard knock life on his latest effort. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $29.50-$175.50. Quicken Loans Arena.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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